August 11, 2009
This is totally one of those blog posts I would read & think “Come on! Does she really think this counts as a recipe? Who are we kidding here?”
I know. It isn’t a recipe, more like a great idea. Everyone loves ice cream, but scooping sundaes for a crowd can be kind-of a pain. Instead, take good-quality ice cream (perhaps some you just made yourself?), soften it a bit, mix in nuts or chocolate or fruit or candy, spread that into the cookie shell you just made, and freeze the whole thing up.
An hour later, you’ve got a simple, satisfying, & adaptable dessert, perfect for this hot, hot August.
Since this is sort of a slacker blog post, I’m going to throw in a little something extra here: our first Blue Jean Gourmet Mix. Hope you enjoy these summer kitchen tunes as much as we do.
ICE CREAM PIE
The possibilities are really quite endless here; you can tailor to a sophisticated, adult palate, a gooier, kid-friendly palate, or somewhere in-between:
a) chocolate cookie crust, chocolate ice cream, peppermint candies
b) gingersnap crust, vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit
c) vanilla wafer crust, banana ice cream, peanut butter cups
d) graham cracker crust, Neapolitan ice cream, mini marshmallows
For this pie, I made an Oreo crust, coffee ice cream, & mixed in toasted almonds & chunks of semi-sweet chocolate. To top it all off, homemade whipped cream & a few chocolate-covered espresso beans. There were several “Whoah, I don’t know if I can finish this” remarks followed by clean plates.
To make the crust, I used a food processor to make crumbs of the Oreos & a few tablespoons of butter, then pressed the crumbs into a pie pan. The whole thing went into the freezer for a while before I added in the ice cream filling.
Once you’ve filled the pie, be sure to cover it well to prevent freezer burn. Take out at least 5 minutes before you’re planning to serve, so it can thaw a little, making your life easier when it comes time to cut wedges.
LATE SUMMER KITCHEN MIX (turntable links to iTunes)
We Used to Be Friends – The Dandy Warhols
Spiralling – Keane
We’re an American Band – Grand Funk Railroad
Rosanna – Toto
Believe in Me – Emily White
Woodstock – Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
Girls in Their Summer Clothes – Bruce Springsteen
Manhattan – Kings of Leon
Mr. Brownstone – Guns N’ Roses
Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand
Freeway of Love – Aretha Franklin
Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
Miss Ferguson – Cory Branan
Abigail – Courtney Robbins
Cheated Hearts – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Overweight – Blue October
14th Street – Rufus Wainwright